Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts angry during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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Ronaldo accepts fine and suspended sentence for tax fraud

Barcelona (dpa) – Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a huge fine and a suspended jail sentence for tax fraud striking a deal with Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, 33, will pay a total of 18.8 million euros (21.3 million dollars) after pleading guilty at a hearing in Madrid.

Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus, also received a 23-month prison sentence but as a first-time offender for a non-violent crime it is suspended and he will not go to prison.

The investigation into Ronaldo was opened in 2017 when he was still a Real Madrid player.

He was accused of having used companies in tax havens to avoid paying tax on image rights between 2011 and 2014.

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